I’m not the best baker in the world, but this time of year I just want to bake everything! Especially breads that are sweet, full of warming spices, & seasonal fruits. This Caramelized Pear Bread with Walnut Struesel & Maple Icing is perfect for that!

Caramelized Pear Bread with Walnut Struesel & Maple Icing

The perfect vegan bread for the winter months!

Author PLVNTFOOD by Brianna Claxton


Caramelized Pears

  • 2 cups fresh pears peeled & diced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • small pinch each ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon

Walnut Streusel

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup walnuts


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp each ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 flax eggs (1 tbsp ground flax eggs + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Maple Icing

  • 1 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 3-6 tbsp maple syrup depending how thin/thick you want your icing


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.

  2. Coat a 9×4" loaf pan with oil or vegan butter.

  3. In a small pot, combine your sugar and spices for the caramelized pears. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring only after the sugar starts to melt. Stir in your pears, and continue stirring until the caramel melts again (it will seize up when the pears get put in). Once melted, set aside off heat to cool.

  4. For the streusel, in a food processor add all of your ingredients and pulse until a crumble forms. Set aside.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, add your flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Whisk until well incorporated.

  6. Make buttermilk by mixing together your soy milk & apple cider vinegar, let sit for 5 minutes. Make your flax eggs as well.

  7. In a smaller mixing bowl add your sugar, brown sugar, flax eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla.

  8. Add your wet ingredients to the dry, along with your caramelized pears (and the caramel along with it), and chopped walnuts. Fold together with a rubber spatula until just combined.

  9. Pour into your prepped loaf pan, & sprinkle with your streusel. You can also add some thinly sliced pears if you desire as well on top!

  10. Bake for about 50-60 minutes uncovered until a toothpick comes out clean.

  11. For the maple icing, mix your ingredients together starting with less maple syrup at first- and add more until your desired consistency is reached!

  12. Let your bread cool for 20 minutes after baking, then remove from the loaf pan. Place on a plate or tray you'll be keeping it on, and once the bread is room temperature, drizzle over your icing!

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